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apilgrim
7/24
How many different types of animals can we hear from Sam's backyard? So far we have birds and dogs.
lyricalkiller
7/24
and raccoons
BillJohnson
7/24
Lots of interesting questions here, but I think you guys missed the boat rather badly when talking about injuries and playing in the rain. It is very definitely NOT the case that baseball is the only major sport where life-threatening injury is possible. Look at the number of spinal-cord injuries that have happened in pro football, any of which were potentially life-threatening and some of which did in fact result in permanent paralysis. That's obviously much more severe than an ACL tear. Another important point regarding playing in the rain: if you have ever talked to a groundskeeper (or someone who speaks for one) about a major-league field, one thing that jumps out is the remarkable engineering to get a field to drain quickly. Presumably similar "tuning" of field design could be done to make the field more playable, and less likely to lead to severe injury, in rainy conditions. That might be an interesting thread to pull.
comish4lif
7/24
Regarding the evaluation of Prospects Lists: Who else does original research besides BP, Baseball America and John Sickels?